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Boston Papers Celebrate Marathon Runners

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Boston area newspapers did their best to honor those running in today’s marathon. It’s moments like these when papers truly shine. They have a unique ability to freeze a moment in time forever.

The 2014 Boston Marathon is already underway. We’re sure we’re not the only ones hoping it provides some sense of closure and healing to those impacted by the bombing.

See below for the Boston Globe and Metro Boston’s covers.

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Sports Illustrated to Shoot Next Cover at Boston Marathon Finish Line

This is pretty cool: Sports Illustrated is inviting Boston residents to be part of its next cover shoot. The magazine will be conducting the shoot this Saturday at 7:00 am, on the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth, the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The SI cover will hit newsstands April 16, one day after the year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 2014 Boston Marathon will take place on April 21.

The magazine is encouraging people who come to the shoot to wear Boston-centric clothing. Boston first responders and Mayor Marty Walsh will also be part of the event.

“Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things,” said the magazine’s managing editor, Chris Stone. “SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

Rolling Stone Boston Marathon Bombing Cover Ignites Controversy [Update]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, rock star? That’s what some people are wondering after seeing the latest cover of Rolling Stone. Tsarnaev appears on the front, and we must admit, the photo does remind us a little of Jim Morrison.

The reaction to the glossy seemingly knowingly portraying an accused terrorist as a celebrity has been swift and intense. Many people on Twitter chimed in that the cover was extremely offensive and said that they would never buy another issue of Rolling Stone. Countless more blasted the title for minimizing the victims and the families of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Of course this isn’t the first time Rolling Stone has featured an (alleged) mass murderer on its cover. In 1970, Charles Manson graced the front of the magazine with copy labeling him as “The Most Dangerous Man Alive:”

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New York Post ‘Bag Men’ Suing Paper

Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi — the two people The New York Post stupidly labeled “Bag Men” and wrongly suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects — are suing the newspaper for libel. We figured it was only a matter of time, considering shortly after the incident, Barhoum’s father lawyered up.

According to The Boston Globe, the court filing against the tabloid explains, “The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” which then subjected Barhoum and Zaimi to “scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt in the minds of a considerable and respectable segment of the community.”

The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy.

Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.

A Lot of Media Companies Posted Record Web Traffic Last Month

As of right now, we know of four media companies that posted record web traffic numbers last month. This is entirely due to the Boston Marathon bombings. FishbowlNY saw traffic spike too!

See, when big news happens, people want to read about it. So they hop on the information superhighway and cruise for sites. It’s not as sexy as it sounds. Then, after the traffic slows down, media companies want to brag about their traffic, as if they were the only one who saw increases. But they weren’t! Companies can be so silly.

Sometimes web traffic is worth noting; most times it isn’t. Because we’ve been getting flooded with companies boasting about their numbers last month, we created a generic, blanket statement congratulating them. If you’re a media reporter, feel free to copy this and use it.

Hello web reader. Last month, [MEDIA COMPANY] posted record web traffic numbers. [MEDIA COMPANY'S WEBSITE] received [VERY HIGH NUMBER] unique visitors and [ANOTHER VERY HIGH NUMBER] page views, which represented a [VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE HOPEFULLY BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE THIS IS RELATIVE] increase over last April.

[IMPORTANT PERSON AT MEDIA COMPANY] said that the traffic was a result of [SOMETHING VAGUE BUT SORT OF INTERESTING SOUNDING]. “[BORING QUOTE FROM IMPORTANT PERSON THAT NO ONE WILL READ].”

Father of NY Post ‘Bag Men’ Hiring Lawyer

When The New York Post idiotically plastered a photograph of El Houssein Barhoum’s son on its cover, labeling him and another man as “Bag Men,” Barhoum was outraged. His anger was understandable, because his son was being threatened and treated like the Boston Marathon bomber, all because of the Post’s reckless speculation. Now Barhoum has had enough. He is hiring a lawyer.

According to the Washington Post, Barhoum said his son only sleeps one or two hours a night now, and that he sometimes “refuses to go to school.” So Barhoum is seeking legal counsel, because “A lot of people, they tell me that’s your right to sue them.”

While suing the Post might prove to be difficult, we’re 100 percent behind Barhoum. We’re pulling for an out of court settlement that scores hims and his family millions. They do have one thing in their favor: News Corp. owned papers are fairly familiar with being taken to court. So at the very least, the Post should know the drill.

Cover Battle: Boston Magazine

Each Thursday FishbowlNY offers up its Cover Battle, but this week, there is no contest: Boston Magazine wins. Its May issue features a collection of Boston Marathon runners’ shoes. We know, the cover isn’t New York centric. But here’s what it is: Perfect.

New York Times Posts Boston Marathon Interactive Feature

The New York Times has posted an excellent interactive feature about the Boston Marathon.

The paper interviewed 19 people who were near the finish line when the bomb went off for the graphic. As you scroll through the photos of the individuals, a circle pops up on a photo of the finish line, noting exactly where the person was when the first explosion happened.

Each person’s slot also features a stirring quote from their interview, such as “I said out loud, ‘this is how my life is going to end.’” You can click a button next to the person to hear their complete story.

The feature is riveting, and a fine example of the Times making the most out of the web.

The New York Post Reports Things

According to The New York Post, things are happening. The things started one day and are expected to continue until another day. The Post’s editor, Col Allan, explained, “Every American should know about these things.” An anonymous law enforcement agent also expressed his concern, telling the Post in an email, “We have been discussing these things at length and are prepared to take some sort of action.”

The Post ran photos of the things on its cover this morning. The startling images grabbed readers’ attention immediately. “I’m worried, I can tell you that,” Bronx resident John Russo, told the paper. “I called my fiancee and told her about the things and she just started crying. I’m just glad the Post was brave enough to tell us all that these things were happening. I had no idea.”

FishbowlNY was unable to get any other news outlet to comment on the Post’s things exclusive. A spokesperson at The New York Times sighed heavily and then hung up on us, and Stephen Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters, replied to our email with a cat gif.

[Editor's note: This is satire, yo]

New York Times Attempts to ID People at Boston Marathon Finish Line

The New York Times is attempting a lengthy task: ID’ing every person at the Boston Marathon finish line.

If you or someone you know was there, you might be able to help. Just head here and fill in the blank forms, and a Times editor will be in contact with you:

Over the past several days, Times reporters and editors have been working on identifying and telling the stories of the people in the image above, a frame from video recorded at the moment of the first explosion at the Boston Marathon. We have found many of the people seen here, but would like your help in identifying more.

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